Samsung plans to mirror the best Apple Watch features on the Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung plans to mirror the best Apple Watch features on the Galaxy Watch Active 2
The original Galaxy Watch Active has a few neat activity tracking tricks up its sleeve, but no ECG

While the global smartphone market is stagnating due to a general lack of innovation and longer upgrade cycles, smartwatch sales have been thriving of late, a trend expected to continue for at least four or five more years. Even though Apple didn't pioneer this fast-growing product category, it's hard to deny the pivotal role the Cupertino-based tech giant played in recent years in helping wearable devices find their purpose and break into the mainstream.

After the game-changing, LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3, the company set out to literally save lives in addition to making them easier. The ECG app and fall detection features on 2018's Series 4 achieved that incredibly ambitious goal with almost surprising ease and top-notch reliability, giving the global market leader a massive advantage over every other smartwatch manufacturer.

Predictably enough, Apple's rivals are now desperately trying to catch up, starting with Samsung, which is reportedly planning to unveil a Galaxy Watch Active 2 with a similar slew of super-advanced health monitoring features in the near future.

A life-saving copycat that needs to happen


Yes, we said it first, but before you take issue with the copycat label, let us highlight we fully understand Apple holds no copyright over ECG technology on the wrist or fall detection. This is something we believe many companies have been working on for many years, but the fact of the matter is Apple brought all that stuff to market first. That being said, when it comes to actually saving, extending, and improving lives, you really shouldn't care about petty things like who did what first.


The important thing is that, at least according to SamMobile's inside sources, a smartwatch likely to offer both Android and iOS compatibility will soon be able to measure your ECG (electrocardiogram) on the move, alerting you of serious heart problems like atrial fibrillation. Hopefully, Samsung's ECG functionality will be just as accurate as Apple's, although you're obviously always advised to check with a doctor before panicking.

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also expected to take a page out of the Apple Watch Series 4's book when it comes to fall detection, vibrating and displaying an alert as its accelerometer and gyroscope work together to identify hard falls. Emergency services can then be contacted either manually or automatically after 60 seconds of user unresponsiveness. That's how Apple does it, and it sounds like Samsung will follow suit without trying to fix what is clearly not broken.

Other features and release date expectations


Even though the first-gen Galaxy Watch Active is only a few months old, we seem to know an awful lot about this vastly improved sequel. Aesthetically similar to its predecessor, the Watch Active 2 could come in 40 and 44mm sizes, with optional LTE connectivity, no rotating bezel, and a battery capacity of between 237 and 340mAh.


Since the "regular" Galaxy Watch 2 (codename Renaissance) is largely cloaked in mystery, you shouldn't rule out actually seeing this Active variant announced alongside the Galaxy Note 10 early next month and commercially released shortly thereafter. But that might all depend on the development status of Samsung's ECG functionality, which needs FDA clearance before reaching the masses.

Of course, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 could also see daylight with the life-saving feature disabled out the box, receiving a software update down the line to enable the technology, just like it happened with the Apple Watch Series 4. All in all, we're not sure exactly what Samsung is planning in terms of Galaxy Watch 2 and Watch Active 2 scheduling, but at least one of the two should beat the Apple Watch Series 5 to market with Series 4-rivaling features.

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17 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Starting with the design.

2. strawberry

Posts: 116; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

i like round watch design, but i find for screen real estate and practicality, square face still better and nicer to use

3. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung copying Apple again. That’s good. So android can offer useful features.

13. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Apple wasn't the first to do it though. Move along

15. mackan84

Posts: 609; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Endless dumb comments... What do anyone gain from these arguments?!?! Please explain for once!

17. Vancetastic

Posts: 1699; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’m pretty sure it’s the only interaction they get. Sad, really.

4. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

"Game changing LTE-enabled Apple watch series 3"... Can you clarify what game did it change please?

5. Matte_Black13

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

If it doesn’t have the rotating bezel (literally the BEST way to move around on a smart watch) it’s an instant no go for me, plus round watches are great for traditional purposes but the newer Apple Watch faces seem better designed and more useful IMO

12. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Only the gear series and regular galaxy watch series will have rotating bezels

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

"Hopefully, Samsung's ECG functionality will be just as accurate as Apple's". That's a joke right? The Apple Watch 4 has an over a 90% false positive rate for detecting AFib, how the hell is that accurate? On top of that, it was hardly the first wearable that had ECG.

8. Xavier1415

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

They do know the iwatch was not the first watch to do that right?

9. MihaiRO

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 07, 2019

What next?I bought the Galaxy Watch 46 mm when was released,same ads,something new.Then I got no support,as many others from Samsung ,for the software problems,and much more.Yeap,sometimes the watch counting 56 floors in one day!Amazing watch,amazing support from Samsung!

10. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

May I have Samsung Gear Fit3?

11. Icent55

Posts: 81; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

PA who told you Apple brought ECG watch to the market first? How dumb and Unprofessional are you guys before making a claim do some Research...APPLE WAS NOT THE FIRST TO BRING ECG to a watch.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung, copy the ECG, and fall detection features down to the letter. Apple nailed it with those features, and they make the Apple Watch way more useful. As the biggest copying copycat of em all (Steve Jobs) once said...good artists copy, great artists steal. And Apple, copy every Galaxy Bud feature into the next AirPods. The Galaxy Buds are the truth, and I like em way more than my AirPods. They even work better with the iPhone, than the AirPods do.

16. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Is this coming with a new SOC design?

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